WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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family matters "keep yourself calm" 4. Simulate test conditions. Whether your test is thirty minutes or three hours, it can be helpful to familiarize yourself with test conditions. If you need to be able to complete thirty math problems in thirty minutes, set a timer and practice. If it is a standardized test you are taking, sign up for complementary proctored tests in the area through Summit Educational Group (www.mytutor.com/students/practice-tests). 5. Create a schedule. The old adage, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail, applies. Build time in your schedule to study and connect with friends. Allocate extra time in case something unexpected happens (e.g., you get sick or discover that you have a paper due the same day as the test). Focus your initial effort on what you need to learn, not on what you already know. Plan to review what you already know later in the game. 6. Stick to your plan. Thinking about studying is unfortunately not the same things as doing it. Procrastination, while feeling good in the short run, is not your friend. Action is. We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 3 7. Recalibrate your schedule as necessary. Quiet Your Mind and Body The evidence is clear: when you are in an anxious state, learning is flat out impossible. Therefore anything that you can do to keep yourself calm will help you perform better. In the midst of your studying try to: 148

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